The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working on SEWP VI, the follow-on contract to the enormously successful SEWP V contract, an advanced IT hardware and software Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).
SEWP is the federal government’s largest GWAC by spending, and it continues to grow in value and serve new agencies in every recompete. As of September 2022, SEWP V has awarded more than 200,000 individual task orders totaling more than $50 Billion in obligations, according to Deltek. Every federal agency uses SEWP, and industry analysts expect its influence to grow.
SEWP V awarded contracts to 212 bidders and all but one of them has won a Task Order award. Unlike other contracting vehicles, winning a spot on SEWP VI makes it very likely that you will also win a Task Order, if history is any predictor of future performance.
For SEWP VI, NASA does not plan to limit the number of awardees at the GWAC level making winning a spot on SEWP VI a must-win opportunity. Although SEWP is perceived as a product contract, NASA procures a tremendous amount of IT services through the vehicle, and NASA wants government agencies to start using SEWP VI for more services.
NASA mentioned services multiple times at the Reverse Industry Day presentations. Expect More IT Services on SEWP VI.
Scope Areas: Products and Services
- Information Technology and Networking
Computer hardware, tablets, network appliances (routers, modems, VOIP), storage, security
- Software and Cloud
Software, virtualization, and Cloud Computing, XaaS (e.g. SaaS = Storage as a Service)
- Mobility and Communications
Telecommunications devices and monthly service.
- Supporting Technology
Scanners, printers, copiers, shredders, associated supplies and accessories, sensors, health IT.
A/V equipment and accessories, TVs, Display Monitors, Projectors and Screens,.
Maintenance/ Warranty, Site Planning/ Installation, Product-Based Training, and Product-Based Engineering Services).
*Note the addition of cloud computing and cybersecurity products and services.
To Win a Spot on SEWP, Start Planning Now
If the new solicitation resembles SEWP V, there will be traditional written and scored RFP, meaning a lot of writing for your team. Recently we’ve seen agencies issuing more scorecard proposals, which require supporting documentation rather than narrative answers to specific requirements and agency questions. SEWP VI’s proposal instructions could require a lot more solutioning and narrative writing than other recent IT-related IDIQs like CIO-SP4 or Polaris.
Bidders who want to compete on SEWP VI should begin familiarizing themselves with the RFPs from previous SEWP iterations and making sure that they meet the requirements or can find teaming partners to help them meet those thresholds. Interested bidders can also review slides from the two Reverse Industry Days NASA held recently to better understand how SEWP VI will differ from past iterations.
NASA expects to issue a draft RFP for SEWP VI later this year (industry experts say it could be issued as soon as this summer), with the final RFP released next year.
- Socio-Economic Categories: Unrestricted, Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business (8a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Small Businesses. A category for Woman-Owned Small Business (WSB) is also expected to be added to SEWP VI
- NAICS: 541519 for SEWP V
- Period of Performance: 5 years and 5, 1-year options
- Draft RFP: Expected Summer 2023
- Final RFP: Early 2024
- Award Date: May 2025
OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have experience supporting large, strategic bids like SEWP VI, and our consultants wrote a winning proposal for SEWP V. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to SEWP VI consist of capture management, team identification/negotiation, proposal management, pricing support, orals coaching, proposal writing, graphics support, editing, desktop publishing, and cost volume development.
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